Shirley Jean (Dowling) Hemphill, 76, of Van Buren passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013, at her home. She was a retired LPN from Crawford County Hospital. She was of the Assembly of God faith.
She is survived by her husband, Pete Hemphill of the home; two daughters, Debra Prudhomme of Chisago City, Minn., and Karen Robertson of Van Buren; one son, Kenneth J. Hemphill of Fayetteville; two grandchildren, Farrah Williams of Taylor Falls, Minn., and Justin Urso of Fayetteville.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Family will visit with relatives and friends 5-7 p.m. today at Ocker Funeral Home, 700 Jefferson St., Van Buren.
Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.
Carrie Lynette Byrd, 42, of Van Buren died Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Van Buren. She was born June 29, 1971, in Fayetteville. She was a hairstylist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert William Cook, and her grandfathers, Don Trammell and Grady Gully.
She is survived by two sons, Zachary Miller of Fort Smith and Nathan Cook of Sapulpa, Okla.; her parents, Kay Kremers of Lowell and Don Gully of Rogers; two brothers, Chad Gully of Sapulpa and Michael Gully of Midland, Texas; her grandmothers, Wilidean Trammell of Lowell and Margie Gully of Rogers; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
A family hosted memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Witter Community Center in Witter, Ark., with interment at Witter Cemetery in Witter.
Mrs. Byrd was cremated under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
To place an online tribute go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.
James A. (Jim) Burr, 66, of Van Buren passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013, at a local hospital. He was born Feb. 3, 1947, in East St. Louis, Ill., and raised in Rison, Ark., and Watson Chapel, Ark., area where he graduated from Watson Chapel High School in 1965.
Jim was a U.S. Army Ranger military scout, former Arkansas State Police trooper, third-degree black belt and was inducted into the Taiho-Ryu Karate and Ju-Jistu Hall of Fame in 2010. In Jim’s career he was also a master plumber and an independent insurance agent and a member of the PRCA Steer Wrestling Association. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Belle Point Lodge No. 20 of Fort Smith. He is preceded in death by his parents, Florence Arline Ratliff and Wilbert Burr, and two grandsons.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with Sammy Alverson officiating under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home, Van Buren.
He is survived by his wife, Joy Lee (Bunny) Burr of Van Buren; his son, Jeffrey Wade Burr of Van Buren; his daughter, Stacy Marie Burr Thacker, and son-in-law Tommy Thacker of Alma; three grandchildren, Jacob, Dawn and Ashley Thacker of Alma; three nieces and one nephew as well as four great nieces and nephews and many others that he considered children and grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at the home of the family at 1209 Rena Road, Van Buren, 6-8 p.m. today.
Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.
Louise Carson, 90, of Alma died Sunday, July 28, 2013, in Fort Smith. She was born Nov. 23, 1922, in Superior, Neb., and was a retired teacher with the Alma School District. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Alma and widow of Omer Earl Carson.
She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Sampson of Alma and Alice Ingram of Fort Smith; three sons, Kit Carson of Little Rock, Dr. Randall Carson of Fort Smith and Stephen Carson of Alma; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Alma. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Private burial of cremains will be at Alma City Cemetery.
The family will greet friends at the church following the memorial service.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Alma, 211 N. Mountain Grove Road, Alma, AR 72921.
Jerry David Kizziar, 52, of Van Buren died Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Van Buren. He was born March 30, 1961, in Fairfax, Okla.
Cremation was under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith.
He is survived by his mother, Bonnie Strickland of Ozark, and two brothers, Jimmy Strickland of Altus and Carl Strickland of Ozark.
Richard D. Hobbs, 38, of Van Buren died Monday, July 15, 2013, in his home. He was a mechanic for Walmart.
Memorial service was July 29 at Ocker Funeral Home Chapel in Alma. The body will be cremated.
He is survived by a daughter, Brooke Hoffsommer of Alma; a son, Damian Hobbs of Van Buren; his father and stepmother, Alan and Teresa Hobbs of Oklahoma; his mother, Gail Calkins of Nebraska; two sisters, Toni Harmon of Van Buren and Diana Hobbs of California; and two brothers, Timothy Hobbs of Nebraska and Jesse Hobbs of Fort Smith.